by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)

Virginia Belle
Language: English 
Fairer than the golden morning, 
Gentle as the tongue can tell, 
Was our little laughing darling, 
Sweet Virginia Belle. 

Bright Virginia Belle! 
Our dear Virginia Belle! 
She bereft us 
When she left us, 
Sweet Virginia Belle! 

How we used to roam together 
O'er the mountain, through the dell, 
In the smiles of springtime weather, 
Sweet Virginia Belle! 

She was lithe as any fairy, 
Winning hearts with fairy spell, 
Tripping with a footstep airy, 
Sweet Virginia Belle! 

While her life was in its morning 
Came a sad and solemn knell, 
She was taken without warning, 
Sweet Virginia Belle!


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Researcher for this text: Laura Prichard [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2015-12-26
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